On Monday, 24th May 2021, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo addressed the fourth ordinary session of the fifth parliament of the Pan African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The president stated that parliaments on the continent should develop the capacity to insist on accountability in all aspect of lives, especially in governance. He further added that no institution is better suited to do this than the one composed of the representatives of the people.
“I am a strong believer in the work of parliament, and, as we strive to deepen continental integration, and strengthen ties that exist between our respective countries, we should create room for our respective parliaments to learn from each other, and, through that process, enhance the prospects of continental integration,” he said.
According to the president, it is one of the best ways to realise the objects of Agenda 2063 and help create ‘ The Africa We All Want’ in our time.
Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent within 50 years, from 2013 to 2063. It is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. The genesis of Agenda 2063 was the realisation by African leaders that there was a need to refocus and reprioritise Africa’s agenda from the struggle against apartheid and the attainment of political independence for the continent which had been the focus of The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union; and instead to prioritise inclusive social and economic development, continental and regional integration, democratic governance and peace and security amongst other issues aimed at repositioning Africa to becoming a dominant player in the global arena.
It was adopted on 31 January 2015 at the 24th Ordinary Assembly of the Heads of State and Governments of the African Union in Addis Ababa.